The Other Side by Angela Johnson
Shorter Poems

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A collection of poems reminiscent of growing up as an African-American girl in Shorter, Alabama.
 

About Angela Johnson

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Angela Johnson was born on June 18, 1961 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She attended Kent State University and worked with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) as a child development worker. She has written numerous children's books including Tell Me a Story, Mama, Shoes like Miss Alice, Looking for Red, A Cool Moonlight and Lily Brown's Paintings. She won the Coretta Scott King Author's Award three times for Toning the Sweep in 1994, for Heaven in 1999, and for The First Part Last in 2004, which also won the Michael L. Printz Award. In 2003, she was named a MacArthur fellow.
 
Published October 1, 1998 by Orchard Books (NY). 60 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With its houses and red dirt roads, Shorter is being pulled down to make a dog track, and Johnson's poems tell readers what matters: the smell of soap at the Wash-a-Teria on a hot afternoon, the shack that hid her grief after her dog died, the carousel horse with the red saddle outside a store.

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Decorated with blurred photographs from a family album, this touching collection focuses on the denizens of Shorter, Ala., a town that is due to be leveled because of some big company wanting to mak

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Decorated with blurred photographs from a family album, this touching collection focuses on the denizens of Shorter, Ala., a town that is due to be leveled because of ""some big company wanting to make a dog track."" The 14-year-old narrator returns at the bidding of her grandmother (""Come see y...

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